Mentor. Workshop and classes in fiction and nonfiction.
Statement: Good mentors are usually good listeners. As a mentor, I will listen to your expressed intentions and help you consider how to create the story that’s emerging in an early draft. I may suggest reading fiction similar to what you’re writing or reading literature that’s wildly dissimilar. I will also encourage you to identify the traditions and conversations with which your writing engages and to think of yourself as a contributor to literary trends and movements. How are you expanding on what has come before? What are you doing that’s traditional and what do you bring that’s new? Most of all, I’ll encourage you to revise your drafts. All writing improves through rewriting, and all writers discover what it is we are trying to say through critically examining our words, taking them apart, and then saying it again from this perspective, in this form.